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A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
- Lowell, James Russell
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
You know lots of criticism is written by characters who are very academic and think it is a sign you are worthless if you make jokes or kid or even clown. I wouldn't kid Our Lord if he was on the cross. But I would attempt a joke with him if I ran into him chasing the money changers out of the temple.
Hemingway, Ernest

2.
There is an air of last things, a brooding sense of impending annihilation, about so much deconstructive activity, in so many of its guises; it is not merely postmodernist but preapocalyptic.
Lehman, David

3.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell

4.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

5.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

6.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Hugo, Victor

7.
Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes.

8.
In an age of unscrupulous and shameless book-making, it is a duty to give notice of the rubbish that cumbers the ground. There is no credit, no real power required for this task. It is the work of an intellectual scavenger, and far from being specially honorable.
Hutton, R. H.

9.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

10.
Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

11.
Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom.
Galbraith, John Kenneth

12.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Schlegel, Friedrich

13.
In most modern instances, interpretation amounts to the philistine refusal to leave the work of art alone. Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. By reducing the work of art to its content and then interpreting that, one tames the work of art. Interpretation makes art manageable, conformable.
Sontag, Susan

14.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

15.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

16.
It is impossible to think of a man of any actual force and originality, universally recognized as having those qualities, who spent his whole life appraising and describing the work of other men.
Mencken, H. L.

17.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli

18.
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
Kurt Vonnegut

19.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

20.
Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.
Chandler, Raymond

21.
Nothing would improve newspaper criticism so much as the knowledge that it was to be read by men too hardy to acquiesce in the authoritative statement of the reviewer.
Hutton, R. H.

22.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.

23.
There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.
Lewis, Sinclair

24.
Literary criticism can be no more than a reasoned account of the feeling produced upon the critic by the book he is criticizing. Criticism can never be a science: it is, in the first place, much too personal, and in the second, it is concerned with values that science ignores. The touchstone is emotion, not reason. We judge a work of art by its effect on our sincere and vital emotion, and nothing else. All the critical twiddle-twaddle about style and form, all this pseudoscientific classifying and analyzing of books in an imitation-botanical fashion, is mere impertinence and mostly dull jargon.
Lawrence, D. H.

25.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

26.
It is just as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shouting at you.
Wilson, Woodrow T.

27.
A reader who quarrels with postulates, who dislikes Hamlet because he does not believe that there are ghosts or that people speak in pentameters, clearly has no business in literature. He cannot distinguish fiction from fact, and belongs in the same category as the people who send checks to radio stations for the relief of suffering heroines in soap operas.
Frye, Northrop

28.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin

29.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

30.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Proverb, Chinese

31.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.

32.
Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

33.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

34.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell

35.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
Buxton, Charles

36.
It is wrong to be harsh with the New York critics, unless one admits in the same breath that it is a condition of their existence that they should write entertainingly about something which is rarely worth writing about at all.
Chandler, Raymond

37.
Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements; they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled wrong.
Smullyan, Raymond

38.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Smith, Sydney

39.
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
Woolf, Virginia

40.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Tynan, Kenneth

41.
I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up.
Connolly, Cyril

42.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
Mcclung, Nellie

43.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Miller, Henry

44.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

45.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Collins, Jackie

46.
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule to never criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
Churchill, Winston

47.
It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's mature critics often are.
Walker, Alice

48.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

49.
Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
Fuller, Margaret

50.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard


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